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    Re: How many hives are "enough"?

    Thanks to all who have replied, so far. You've given me some things to think about.

    I think I'll still stay in the "fun zone" this year just doubling my hive count by making splits - sort of...
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    How many hives are "enough"?

    Overlooking the fact that it's April 15th and snowing like crazy - AGAIN - it seems that I have successfully gotten my three, first year, hives through The Winter From Hell. They seem to be doing...
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    Re: sudden cold spell

    I'm in northern NY and am expecting the same chill, though only two nights in the low 20s. I was going to remove the most of the foam insulation from around the hives but I settled for just taking...
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    Re: New hive - no comb?

    Leave 'em alone for a couple of days! They've just moved in and haven't got the place fixed up the way they want it, yet.

    Seriously, do leave them closed up for the next few days since it's going...
  5. Thread: robbing?

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    Re: robbing?

    When you're a new beekeeper the specter of robbing - which is a REALLY bad thing -is pretty scary. And the descriptions of it can sound a lot like some other things which are perfectly normal.
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    Re: Treatment free question

    For the previous quarter century, up until last spring, I had multiple colonies of unmanaged honey bees living concurrently in the walls of one of my barns. Sometime between Dec. 2012 and May 2013...
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    Re: I seen varroa mites!!! HELP

    Are you sure that the Apiguard tray belongs between the brood boxes as opposed to on the top of the frames of the upper box? I thought it was on top of the frames - at least that's what I recll from...
  8. Re: Is there an alternative to buying a nuc box?

    I had a small-ish colony last Fall and was advised to winter it in a double (stacked) nuc. I was sick of buying bee-stuff by that point, so I made solid wood follower boards and foam insulation...
  9. Re: Drones and drone brood - NY Upstate puzzle

    I'm in the Capital District, too. And it has been agonizingly slow here to turn from winter to spring this year.

    I think I would wait it out past the cold temps next week, then reassess, before...
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    Re: Moving bees between hives

    I don't know if they would try to re-join the bees they were with in the previous location, but I would hesitate to transfer feral/unmanaged bees directly without a period of observation to make sure...
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    Re: Would you requeen?

    For what it's worth, if you're considering reducing the internal volumn of the box, here's what I have done with no (so far!) apparent issues with the bees chewing on the insulation/styrofoam:

    I...
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    Re: Spring troubles?

    Yes, that is a remarkble picture with great focus and depth of field!

    Plus, I've got major pollen envy. My bees can't seem to find any so far (though they are out looking, every day.) And I've got...
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    Re: Polar Vortex states

    I'm northern NY, and have lived and farmed here for a quarter century. This has been the longest and most sustained cold winter in my experience. Never has it started so early in December with deep...
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    Re: Best Bee Smells

    The baby-sweet smell of brood!

    Enj.
  15. Re: Order of Pollen Flow in NY State/Northeast. Is there a list from April to October

    That's an interesting link for the northern part of the northeast. Thank you!

    But it's curious that the handsome featured plant on the masthead, white trillium, is nowhere listed as a source of...
  16. Re: Distended abdomens in swarms, a Varroa impact

    That's an interesting observation! Have you ever dissected swarm scouts to see if you hypothesis is supported?


    On a related note, could you describe your dissection techniques? Can one use...
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    Re: supplements for spring build up

    I've been wondering if I should feed 1:1 syrup like Glock does, from a poultry waterer. I'd have to open feed because I still have quilt boxes on top.

    I also have some Lauri's bricks still in the...
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    Re: Mold on inner cover

    I took my inner covers off for the winter, relying on the quilt box and a shim above it with two wide-open holes (each @1.25 inch in diameter), instead. Above that I had a tele cover with 1.5 " of...
  19. Thread: what color?

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    Re: what color?

    My three hives are green, yellow or purpley-blue . This years bees will go gray-green, rose pink, sky blue, light pumpkin orange, and cream.

    Having all your equipment the same color makes...
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    Re: When do you take hive wraps off?

    Here in northern NY my plan is to consider taking the outside foam insulation panels off in mid/late May around the time of my frost free date. but I have so much wrapping, blankets, etc., that the...
  21. Re: Nonlaying (?) queen is holding her own, with a small band of devoted followers

    Could you supply some extra food, including something like a pollen patty?

    I know this sounds weird, but what I would do is add some insulation around the hive. Actually what I'd do is...
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    Re: Bee leveling set up - Ideas welcomed

    I agree with Mark,

    For the past two days around 11:30 a.m. just when I am unpacking my hives from their nighttime blankets a fat deer mouse scuttles around underneath the hives searching for any...
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    Re: wild caught hive update.

    Sorry, I wasn't clear!

    No, I just meant tilt the bottom box up and off the bottom board enough have room to sweep the maggoty things out. You need to do this daily, so unpacking your hives from...
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    Re: Bee Transportation

    Preventing them from flying could probably be complished by screening the openings.

    But another issue is this: bees aren't frozen spinach or air-cooled berries. They are "chilled out" by low...
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    Re: wild caught hive update.

    "Maggots" are probably SHB larvae. Turf them out ASAP. A dead larva can't grow up to make trouble. Chickens love 'em. If you tilt up your bottom hive off its base every day, you can capture and...
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